The Fireball Plus LM's basic stats are as follows: Ultra DMA/66 ATA interface, 7,200 RPM rotational speed, 10.2 gigabytes per platter (7.7 gigabits per square inch), 8.5 ms average seek time, 2 MB cache buffer. Of course, it's a low profile 3.5" drive, with an impressive nonrecoverable data errors per bits read ratio of less than one per 10E15. The drive comes with a three year warranty, and also features Quantum's Shock Protection System, which should help keep the drive from being DOA if mishandled during shipping.
I tested the drive under both Windows Millenium Edition and Windows 2000 Professional SP1, using FAT32 under both operating systems and NTFS5 under 2000. The test system is as follows:
CD-ROM: NEC 4x, master on secondary UDMA/33 controller Test drive: 20.5-gig Quantum Fireball Plus LM, slave on secondary UDMA/33 controller
For any component where a specific driver isn't listed above, the default WinMe or 2000 Pro driver was used. I ran each test three times and averaged the results. Results that were identical across all three test runs are denoted with an asterisk (*) in front.